Miami-Dade brain trust to examine flying cars in the city, freight in the “urban air mobility system”
When that day comes, Miami-Dade County plans to be ready.
Miami-Dade commissioners on Tuesday asked the mayor Daniella Levine Cavathe administration to create a working group focused on the development of an implementation plan for an “urban air mobility system”. Due in 120 days, the plan is to accommodate the city’s airborne emergency services, traffic monitoring and management, public safety, freight and, yes, individual passenger travel and public transport within limits. County.
An urban air mobility system, or UAM, is not expected tomorrow. But he could be there by 2026, according to the commissioner’s resolution Olivier Gilbert III calling for the development of the plan.
“We know the technology is moving pretty quickly now and it’s going to come out. They are now testing vehicles to move people and goods, ”Gilbert told Florida Politics. “What so often happens in communities is that we find ourselves trying to react to technology once it’s already created when in truth we should be prepared for it and be ahead. -keep.”
The concept of flying cars, taxis, buses, and freight vehicles is not new, as anyone who has seen “The Fifth Element”, an episode of “The Jetsons” or a number of comics can attest. When he was still mayor of Miami-Dade, US Rep. Carlos gimenez meet Lilium gmbh, a German engineering startup whose five-seater flying electric taxi capable of vertical take-offs and landings is one of hundreds of models that could revolutionize the way people travel through cities and suburbs.
“You don’t need leads; you just need space for takeoffs and landings ”, Giménez said of the Lilium Jet in 2018. “Once you (start traveling) in three dimensions, a lot of the problems go away. “
Ridesharing tech company Uber is pump millions in a flying car project. Amazon’s drone delivery system, Prime Air, was set to take off by 2018, but remains in development. Google’s parent company Walgreens and Alphabet have launched a drone delivery service called Wing last month.
A myriad of other such initiatives are underway, and urban areas around the world – from Miami To Los Angeles To London To Japan and many places in between – getting ready. Miami-Dade should too, Gilbert said.
“Let’s see that,” he said. “Let’s talk with the private sector and try to make it work for Miami-Dade County. We see palm beach prepare for it. I want Miami-Dade County to be the best-prepared region for this. “
The working group, which will dissolve in a year as per the resolution, is expected to include representatives from the transportation security industry, helicopter operators, helicopter booking platforms or urban air mobility. , public and private utility companies, and the Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization. (TPO) and the departments of Aviation, Ports, Transport and Public Works.
The plan they develop should detail all the expected costs of a UAM in Miami-Dade and where the funding will come from to build the necessary infrastructure and provide the necessary training and facilities.
It should also determine where the UAM public infrastructure would be best placed and provide a proposed timeline for the development, construction and operation of the infrastructure, including short, medium and long term priorities so that Miami-Dade can prepare for a possible launch of services in 2026.
In addition, the group should develop a coordination framework with neighboring counties and municipalities on the connectivity of UAM infrastructure, develop promotional strategies to encourage participation and partnership on UAM-related projects with transport companies based in Florida, identify legal, regulatory, or operational barriers, and describe necessary safety protocols, noise mitigation requirements, or community standards.
At present, Miami-Dade does not have the answers to many of these questions, said Gilbert, who chairs TPO’s board of directors.
“People ask for meetings, and they ask questions. Where can vehicles take off from? Questions for which we had no answers, ”he said. “The county, with all its brainpower, should look at this and at least develop the framework to answer these questions. We cannot let people create their own system willy-nilly. We need to develop the answers.